Are you all set for Day 4 of 14 Days of Blogging Challenge : How to Customize WordPress Theme. The ride is going to be a little bumpy today. Don’t worry we have got you covered.
We hope you have selected your theme for WordPress and installed it. If not please do it now and come back and continue the post.
Today we will talk about:
- What are the crucial elements which needs to be included your blog.
- Minimum number of pages that need to be added.
- How to customize the theme to make your blog look awesome
Crucial elements which needs to be included your blog
A page contains a header, a body and a footer.
The header contains: The logo of your blog and the menu ( The menu should be clear and easy enough for other people to navigate your Blog easily ).
The body usually contains two sections: The main body which contains the elements to display to the visitors and a sidebar which usually contains elements about yourself, popular posts etc according to your choice.
Header and Footer are fixed for all the pages. You can decide to make the sidebar to be fixed or change according to the page.
Minimum number of pages that need to be added
Your blog should contain at least these pages
- Home page
- Contact Page
- About Page
- Posts Page
How to customize wordpress theme to make your blog look awesome
Customizing your theme to your needs is a one time tedious job. But once done, you only need to write and publish posts to keep your blog running and updated. ( Unless you need to add features later on ).
Basically, in all Premium themes, there are several options for configuring the theme in just one click.
Sadly, free themes aren’t that awesome enough to include customization panel.
For free themes, you need to install a page builder like Elementor Page Builder or Beaver Page Builder which are available in the plugin store for free. They almost provide a lot of features which your blog needs.
You can also use paid page builders like Divi builder or visual builder etc.
Important points need to kept in mind before customizing your theme:
- Choose text and background color such that they are in perfect contrast to each other. It makes it easier for people to read text. Make sure it should also match with your contents of the website like the color of the logo etc.
It makes your website looks good.
- Don’t clutter information everywhere, you wouldn’t want visitors to search for information on your blog.
- Use High definition pictures on your blog. They look good and enhance your UI of the blog. You can get free images from freepik.com or make your own from canva.com to add a little bit of fun elements to your blog.
Note: Each theme has it’s own configurations, we are covering the general places to look at for customizing your theme. It will all look confusing at the start, but after some time you will become used to the environment. It is just like learning a new smart phone’s function.
Step 1: Get a logo
First of all get yourself a logo. You can make your own using Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator or use free resources like Freelogoservices. Or you can ask someone else to do it at Fiverr for as cheap as 5$.
A logo is the identity of your website. Your visitors may judge and decide quality of your products or services on basis of it. Read our article to know how important role a good logo plays for your website.
After you get your logo made, you need to upload it either in theme control panel ( if present in your chosen theme ) or in theme customization panel that is Appearance -> Customize -> Site Identity.
Step 2: Customize your blog’s basic elements
In appearance -> customize, you will get a lot of options depending on your theme to customize your basic elements of your blog like title, logo, favicon, text color, font size, background color, etc.
It also contains a tab called ‘Additional CSS’. If you know how to write CSS then you can also add your own CSS codes there to make your blog look according to you.
If your theme provides a theme control panel, you could use that instead.
Step 3: Add pages
Add pages in your wordpress panel. Give them a meaningful heading and add contents to it, and publish them.
If you know HTML you can use the text editor, if not you can use the default page builder provided by your theme. If your theme didn’t provide any page builder you can also use Elementor or Beaver Builder by installing it.
Note: For every page you can either choose to use Default wordpress editor or Page builder. But note that once you edited using one resource, you cannot switch between resources as it will overwrite the changes added prior to it.
Step 4: Add your pages to the menu
You need to go to Appearance -> Menu and add pages to the header or primary menu.
Step 5: Set your homepage
You need to go to General -> Reading Settings and select either a static page or your post page to be your default home page for visitors.
Step 6: Add elements to your footer
If your theme gives you the option to add elements to your footer using theme control panel, you can use that.
Else you need to use appearance -> widgets to add elements to your footer, and appearance -> menu to add a menu to your footer.
This was all for today. Today you learnt how to customize wordpress theme. We know that this part of customizing WordPress theme might not have been so straightforward for some of the newbies. Don’t worry, things will get better with practice. You can also join our slack group and have a discussion there with us and with other members. We will be able to have a one on one discussion to make your blog work like a charm.
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